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Expert analysis on politics with a focus on the details. A podcast for those who ignore the headlines and instead read the article. All things politics, SCOTUS, Presidency, Congress, and analysis on the races that will shape the nation. We provide special focus on the Heartland, those flyover states that are often ignored by national media outlets. #progress #education #healthcare #environment

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    Let's Have A Chat | Energy, Renewables, and The Decentralized Grid with James Owen of Renew Missouri

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 33:22

    Host: Adam Sommerwww.heartlandpod.com“Change The Conversation”Guest: James Owen with Renew Missourihttps://renewmo.org/Twitter: @RenewMO​​https://twitter.com/RenewMOClean Air Momshttps://www.cleanairmomsaction.org/https://twitter.com/momsactionFind Their Podcast on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-renew-gurus/id1418737016Renew Missouri was founded in 2006 to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state of Missouri. In that time, Renew Missouri has advanced legislation, passed statewide ballot initiatives, crafted local ordinances, and represented these interests before state regulators on hundreds of cases. Renew Missouri works through lobbying efforts as well as public advocacy to change the conversation around renewable energy in rural areas. 

    Talkin' Politics Nov. 28, 2022 | What's Next? Moving On From The 2022 Midterms

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 65:38

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOhttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation”

    Thanksgiving 2022 Family Feast: "Eating Is A Spectrum"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 65:40

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOKevin Smith @KevInMidMONicholas Linke  @nicholaslinkehttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation”Our entire podcast family comes together to talk about some Thanksgiving related topics including:Favorite Wednesday night before activityEarly meal or late mealOne item you have to have or it isn't ThanksgivingSomething you're thankful for this past yearBonus: The “but why” dish

    Talkin' Politics | November 21, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 60:08

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOhttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation”True or FalseDems replacing Pelosi is an opportunity to fold in the middle of the map that Dems will squanderhttps://www.axios.com/2022/11/17/congress-house-democrats-minority-leaders-planHakeem Jeffries - excellent politician but what is the signal to folks in Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa? https://americanprospect.bluelena.io/index.php?action=social&chash=a941493eeea57ede8214fd77d41806bc.1772 From American Prospect: “Keeping cool, making specific requests to authorities who could provide police reinforcements, determined to resume the announcement of the Electoral College votes, Pelosi stood out as the one leader in the Capitol, let alone the White House, who knew what had to be done and how to do it. That encapsulated her strengths as party leader and Speaker; it stands now as her valedictory.”https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3730173-neguse-running-for-democratic-caucus-chair/Yeah…No: The Trump Media Industrial Complex - CNN says they won't cover his every move, days after covering his every moveBuy or Sell: The Kentucky abortion result is the most important result of the 2022 midterm cycle to set up the 2024 argumenthttps://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/15/kentucky-supreme-court-abortion-laws-00066994https://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-supreme-court-hear-arguments-reinstate-states-abortion-ban-temporarily-1668531238/41968544https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/11/15/kentucky-abortion-ban-supreme-court/Ballot measure lost - a lost by a TON in population centers​​https://www.cnn.com/election/2022/results/kentucky/issue-1The Big One:  FTX was a Ponzi scheme and now lawmakers have to back peddle as the too good to be true crypto scheme implodes with bankruptcy filinghttps://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/15/lawmakers-return-ftx-money-00067009(note for myself, from Rachel): lawmakers have all the framework they need right now with actual laws to go after all of these peopleWe talked about this several months ago that Sam Bankman-Fried had the money to life the Dems up as a mega donor GOP snowflakes freaking out about a tech bro mega donor - will the real slim shady please stand uphttps://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article268921592.htmlhttps://www.nbcnews.com/tech/crypto/ftx-freefall-was-oversight-rcna57098https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/15/ftx-says-could-have-over-1-million-creditors-in-new-bankruptcy-filing.htmlCrypto impacts https://www.axios.com/2022/11/15/crypto-businesses-brace-for-ftx-aftershockRelate it to the heartland - another way to extract money from folks who have little to spare and will take the “rocket ship” chance on a ponzi scheme like this From Rachel: St. Louis is home to maybe the biggest crypto bro of them all (Yes, I mean “Bloc” CEO Jack Dorsey)Tom Brady to the Bahamas for FTX?https://thecomeback.com/nfl/ftx-theory-tom-brady-training-camp-bahamas.html

    The Flyover View, November 18, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 18:27

    Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the HeartlandAn Update on Agape- Springfield News-Leader & Kansas City Starhttps://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2022/11/16/new-evidence-outlines-abuse-suicide-attempts-at-agape-boarding-school/69653418007/https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article268224517.htmlWisconsin Climate Plans - Wisconsin Examinerhttps://wisconsinexaminer.com/brief/reports-set-2050-goal-to-eliminate-principal-culprit-for-climate-change-in-wisconsin/Missouri judge rules AG's office under Josh Hawley ‘knowingly' violated transparency laws - Missouri Independenthttps://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/15/missouri-judge-rules-ags-office-under-josh-hawley-knowingly-violated-transparency-laws/12 Republican senators vote to break a filibuster on same-sex marriage bill - CNNhttps://www.cnn.com/2022/11/16/politics/senate-republicans-vote-same-sex-marriage/index.htmlJay Ashcroft's Book Bans and Abortion Nanny State - St. Louis Post Dispatch & Springfield News Leaderhttps://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/comment-period-opens-on-missouri-secretary-of-state-s-book-ban-proposal/article_113d0df9-eb9b-590c-b973-892bdfe5b06a.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_St._Louis_Post-Dispatchhttps://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2022/11/16/missouri-abortion-law-ban-proposal-require-medical-emergency/69650564007/Kansans Say No! To GOP Legislative Power Grab - Associated Presshttps://apnews.com/article/legislature-executive-branch-constitutions-kansas-6d218f2135a8cd5ae3e749406e0a878aElection Impact: Farm Bill - Farm Journal & Brownfieldhttps://www.agfax.com/2022/11/16/impact-of-the-elections-on-farm-bill-2023/https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/divided-congress-leaves-2023-farm-bill-picture-unclear/10,000 Mink Are Running Loose in Northwest Ohio - NY Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/16/us/mink-farm-ohio-loose.html

    Talkin' Politics/Flyover View Crossover | Kevin Smith, regular host of "The Flyover View" on Fridays, joins Rachel Parker for a crossover session of Talkin' Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 46:18

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    Government and Politics News from the American West - November 16, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 10:51

    Song playsIntro by hostWelcome to High Country - politics in the American West. My name is Sean Diller; regular listeners might know me from Heartland Pod's Talking Politics, every Monday.Go to heartlandpod.com for information on all our political podcasts, and a link to support our work on Patreon. Sign up as an Official PODhead for just $5 per month to access all our premium podcast segments and political writing. To join the conversation on Twitter, find us at THE Heartland POD. Alright! Let's get into it: NEVADA CURRENT: The Cowardly Lombardo.In his first public event since being elected governor of Nevada, Joe Lombardo refused to allow the Nevada Current and the Las Vegas Sun to cover what was billed as a victory speech. Shutting the Current out of his celebratory event was an extension of the Lombardo team's practice throughout the campaign – along with multiple Republican candidates nationwide – to refuse to provide campaign statements, notices of events, or other information to the press. The campaign told the Current Monday morning that they couldn't be allowed to cover the event because it was “at capacity for press right now.” Subsequent photographs of the event showed that statement from the campaign was patently false - with row upon row of empty seats in the sparsely populated high school auditorium where Lombardo gave his victory speech.Such mendacity from Lombardo and his team comes as no surprise. But most concerning going forward, is the prospect that as governor, Lombardo, his office, and publicly financed executive branch government offices under his purview, will refuse to provide independent journalists and other media organizations with public information.Lombardo's campaign presented its candidate to the public as an upright lawman of character, honesty, integrity and strength. But subverting the people's right to transparent and accountable government, and hiding from the press is just cowardly.COLORADO NEWSLINE: With Lauren Boebert slightly ahead in Colorado, the race to cure ballots is on.The extremely tight race between MAGA darling U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and moderate Democrat Adam Frisch became a contest of cured ballots this week, as the two candidates worked to rally their voters and ensure every one of their ballots is counted.On Tuesday afternoon, the difference between the candidates' totals remained at over 1,000 votes: a narrow spread for sure, but still above the threshold that would trigger an automatic, state-funded recount. At the current numbers, if Frisch comes within about 830 votes, then a recount would be triggered.Vote tallies will change through the end of Wednesday as ballots continue to arrive from military and overseas voters, and as flawed ballots are “cured'' by voters. When tabulators reject a ballot, often due to a discrepancy between the voter's signature on the ballot and the official state voter registration records, the voter has an opportunity to resolve, or cure, the problem and have their vote count.The Frisch team is trying to win cured ballots this week by getting the word out to voters about the curing process, encouraging use of the state's TXT2Cure mobile phone-based curing system, and on-the-ground voter engagement.A Frisch campaign spokesperson said “A lot of the curable ballots tend to skew a lot younger, and others who don't have as much experience voting. We think that we probably will perform better among younger voters, so we think that probably there's more curable ballots for us than for Lauren Boebert.”The Frisch campaign also believes cured ballots from unaffiliated voters, not just registered Democrats, will skew their way.That sentiment was seconded by Matt Crane, a Republican who heads the Colorado County Clerks Association.Crane said. “Unaffiliated voters wanted to punish the hell out of the Republican Party in Colorado this year. And they sure did. It's probably a better pool for Democrats to go and try to cure unaffiliated ballots than it is for Republicans, just based on the way the election went.”A spokesperson for Boebert did not reply to a message seeking comment.Ballot curing must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, and updated results are expected to be available Thursday.Colorado law requires an automatic recount, also known as a statutory recount, if the apparent winner is ahead by 0.5% or less. During such a recount, the secretary of state's office would delay certification of the race and neither candidate would be declared representative-elect until resolution of the recount, which must be completed by Dec. 13.COLORADO NEWSLINE: Congresswoman Caraveo focused on healthcare and climate change.     Yadira Caraveo, a Colorado state representative, stood at a lectern Thursday in the backyard of her childhood home in Adams County north of Denver. Her parents, who immigrated from Mexico and moved to the Denver-area home when Caraveo was in second grade, watched from a balcony as their daughter addressed reporters for the first time as the Democratic U.S. representative-elect from Colorado's 8th Congressional District. And the first Latina to represent Colorado in Congress.Dr Caraveo said “This hill behind me is where my siblings and I used to slide down and make mud piles, and the house behind us is where I spent many, many hours studying to get through high school, through college and through medical school,” Dr. Caraveo is a pediatrician in the community. She went on to say she was able to do this because of the hard work of her parents.The new 8th District was the state's most competitive based on previous elections, and unofficial results show Caraveo won by a margin of less than one percentage point. The district also has the highest concentration of Hispanic residents, at 39%, and includes the northern Denver suburbs, extending into parts of Weld County and Greeley. Caraveo said her top priorities in Congress include health care and climate change. She cited the obstacles she faced as a doctor trying to treat young patients.“The medical training that I had was not enough to beat the system that we had,” she said. “And so a lot of my effort is going to go into that system to make sure that it's not about insurance companies or drug companies.”Caraveo alluded to striking a balance on her environmental agenda. The 8th District includes parts of Weld County, which produces the most oil and gas in the state, by far .“We have a very important oil and gas industry that gives people like the families at my clinic great jobs, but I also see kids struggling to breathe every single day and I've had to send them to the hospital to be put on oxygen.” she saidThe Colorado delegation from Colorado that will join Congress in January will also include Democrats Diana DeGette from the 1st District, Joe Neguse from the 2nd District, Jason Crow from the 6th District and Brittany Pettersen from the 7th District; and Republicans Ken Buck from the 4th District and Doug Lamborn from the 5th District.The race for the 3rd District between Republican incumbent Lauren Boebert and Democratic challenger Adam Frisch is still too close to call.ARIZONA MIRROR: Republicans are falsely claiming that Arizona used to know final election results on Election Day.Republicans in Arizona and elsewhere have insisted that the days-long tabulation of early ballots, particularly in Maricopa County, is a sign the election might be being stolen. They're flat wrong about the history, however: Final election results have never been available on Election Night in any Arizona county. What's changed isn't anything about the vote-counting, but that Arizona has gone from a ruby red state where Republicans dominated most elections — to a deep purple state where races up and down the ballot have been extremely close. Those close races mean candidates, voters, pundits and the national media are focusing intently on Arizona's post-Election Day tallies.For example: in the Nov. 2, 2004 presidential election, the final results came on November 15, 13 days later.In the Nov. 7, 2006 midterm electionFinal results: Nov. 19Lag time: 12 daysNov. 4, 2008 presidential electionFinal results: Nov. 21Lag time: 17 daysNov. 2, 2010 midterm electionFinal results: Nov. 17Lag time: 15 daysNov. 6, 2012 presidential electionFinal results: Nov. 20Lag time: 14 daysNov. 4, 2014 midterm electionFinal results: Nov. 18Lag time: 14 daysNov. 8, 2016 presidential electionFinal results: Nov. 18Lag time: 10 daysNov. 6, 2018 midterm electionFinal results: Nov. 20Lag time: 14 daysNov. 3, 2020 presidential electionFinal results: Nov. 13Lag time: 10 daysNone of that has stopped Arizona GOP candidates and their allies across the country from crying foul about the process that has existed in the Grand Canyon State since the early 1990s, when Republicans here pioneered no-excuse early mail-in voting.Kari Lake, the GOP nominee for governor, has insisted that Arizonans knew the Maricopa County results and the overall result of their elections on Election Night - until 2020.Records from Maricopa County elections over the past 22 years show that has never been the case. Media outlets, like the Associated Press, might have called races in the past when election night returns showed that one candidate would clearly win, but the fastest the county has released final results in a midterm election since 2000 was six days, in 2002. In Maricopa County, a record 290,000 people dropped off their early ballots on Election Day this year. Elections workers didn't even begin to start counting those ballots until Wednesday morning. Before those ballots are tabulated, their barcodes are scanned to ensure that they came from a registered voter who hasn't cast another ballot in this election. Then elections workers check the signature on the envelope against past signatures from the voter. After that, a bipartisan team separates the ballot from the envelope and checks that the voter received the correct ballot. Once all those steps are completed, the county can tabulate the ballot. All the ballots have never been counted in one day.ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS: Colorado legalizes psychedelic mushrooms.Ten years after leading the nation in legalizing the sale of cannabis, Colorado became the second state in the U.S. to permit psilocybin, or "magic," mushrooms. Oregon was the first state to do so.As of 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, data from the Colorado Secretary of State's Office showed the Natural Medicine Health Act — voted on as Proposition 122 — was on the path to a slim approval, with 51.6% of voters supporting the measure.The measure will allow people 21 and older to grow and share psilocybin mushrooms, as well as create state-regulated centers where people could make appointments to consume the fungi. The proposition will also create “healing centers” to give clients mushrooms in a supervised setting, but will not create "mushroom dispensaries," in the same way cannabis is sold and purchased.Proponents of the ballot measure claim mushroom consumption has helped address their mental health issues in ways traditional pharmaceuticals did not, particularly when the mushrooms were taken in small doses, a method called microdosing. Gov. Jared Polis has until Jan. 31 to appoint 15 members to the Natural Medicine Advisory Board, which will report to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.CONCERT PICK OF THE WEEK: Next Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving - The Last Waltz - with Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kathleen Edwards, and more. Tickets at FillmoreAuditorium.orgWelp, that's it for me! From Denver I'm Sean Diller. Original reporting for the stories in today's show comes from the Nevada Current, Arizona Mirror, Colorado Newsline, Rocky Mountain PBS, and Denver's WestwordThank you for listening! See you next time.

    Wisconsin, Missouri, and Midterm Lessons & Outcomes | Ada m Sommer has a chatwith Anders Hanhan of "Our Wisconsin Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 37:13

    Show Info & Link For Patreon: Heartlandpod.com"Change The Conversation"Adam Sommer - @Adam_Sommer85Our Wisconsin RevolutionAnders Hanhan is a college student living in Appleton. He is currently majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University. Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, after being activated by Bernie Sanders' run for president, Anders became involved with the Sunrise Movement and advocating for a Green New Deal in Wisconsin. He is particularly passionate about climate change issues as well as Medicare for All, and labor rights. Anders is excited to help Our Wisconsin Revolution's endorsed candidates and particularly interested in building the organizations power by getting more strong voices into local elected offices. Our Wisconsin Revolution is about making Wisconsin a true democracy — with a government & economy that are of, by and for the people.Shake up the system. Challenge the establishment. Stand for progressive principles. Work for fundamental change. Fight for the working class. Join us.Our Wisconsin Revolution is a homegrown movement started here in our state by people living here. OWR's formation was inspired by Bernie Sanders' run for president in 2016 and his call for a political revolution, and is part of a national movement. Our name connects us to that national movement of people all over the country supporting a new generation of progressive leaders and empowering millions to fight for progressive change and transforming our political and economic systems to once again be responsive to the needs of working families.​​Our Wisconsin Revolution is about countering money power with people power. It's about revolutionizing our politics by mobilizing the power of organized people against the reckless abuse of power by rich elites. We're sick of what's happening in this country and this state, where public life has been coarsened and corrupted by a swarm of greedy, rules-rigging, billionaire takers. We believe our state and nation can be set right by organized citizen action. Our goal is to do everything we can to make Wisconsin a democracy—with a government and an economy that are of, by, and for the people.

    Talkin' Politics | Post Midterm 2022: The Purple Drank, Our Main Takeaways From 2022 Midterms, Our Victory Laps, MAGA Death Rattle, JoRsh Hawley Runs Scared (AGAIN) and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 95:29

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOhttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation”True or False:Sharice Davids is the brightest star in the heartland for DemsWHOMPING in that race, 12 points https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article268253557.html?ac_cid=DM722608&ac_bid=1312587918Did she carry Kelly? Yeah… NO:Missouri GOP returns the super majority https://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/09/democrats-prevail-in-hotly-contested-missouri-legislative-races/ Buy or Sell:The date of death for “MAGA” is November 8, 2022?Is DeSantis Is Now The Presumptive GOP Nominee for 2024?McCarthy's new worldContinue to cowtow to Trump?Work with Dems to pass a VERY restricted national abortion law? Gets to blame Dems for being too extreme and failing to compromiseJoRshua Hawley running from Trump/MAGA faster than he ran from insurrectionists? https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/live-blog/midterms-results-trump-livid-midterms-democrats-republicans-house-senateTrump may need to invest in some “oops I crapped my pants”Trump is in the corner - danger for all Where does it leave the Kris Kobach's of the world? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/11/08/us/elections/results-kansas-attorney-general.html  The Big One:Red Wave, Blue Wave… more like Purple DrankRACHELS' LOSING BETSVICTORY LAPSColorado: Boebert is still there(?) - Pollis wins easily, CO is overall BLUE BLUE BLUE https://coloradosun.com/2022/11/09/8th-district-results-yadira-caraveo-barbara-kirkmeyer/Pennsylvania - Gov, SenateMichigan - Gov, State House and State Senate - Witmer mops floor with DixonArizona - Kelly straps Masters to a rocketFontes beats Fonchman in AZ SOS race https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/12/arizona-secretary-of-state-election-winnner-adrian-fontesLAST CALL: Way too early look at 2024

    The Flyover View, November 11, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 17:52

    Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the HeartlandPost Election National SceneBig Ag champions Climate FixMarijuana Legalization Post Election Local SceneKelly wins KansasDems surprise in WisconsinOhio man shot for being a DemocratIllinois' Amendment 1Ron vs. Don 

    The Delta, E38 - Blue Dots in a Red State

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 29:47

    Following the midterm maps, Nicholas (educator) and Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) reflect on how their family is reframing views on being "blue dots in red states."  From drawing a comparison to squid skin, they ask: Are we defeating ourselves because being unique requires loneliness?Family Projects: www.glassroomhive.com

    2022 Midterms LIVE (Audio Replay POD)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 133:21

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOhttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation” Final MIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK IN FOR 2022 MIDTERMSFive thirty eight updated shows GOP with edge to win Senate as of Friday Nov 4th at 2pm centralhttps://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/?cid=rrpromo Each of us with picksYour “LOCK” race Adam: Mark Kelly, Sean: Ron Johnson, Rachel: Meghan Green (STL)Your underdog you like to winAdam: Warnock, Sean: Cortez Masto, Rachel: Tim RyanBiggest surprise outcomeAdam: Cindy Axne (Iowa 3rd), Sean: Fetterman wins early and big, Rachel: Kari Lake wins in Arizona (Gov)Who takes HOUSE majority?Adam: GOP, Sean: GOP, Rachel: GOPWho takes SENATE majority?Adam: Dems, Sean: Dems, Rachel: Dems

    Adam's Final Midterm Message for 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 14:20

    Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85 "Change The Conversation"Sign Up For Patreon here

    Talkin' Politics | Lawyers, Guns, and Money & Our Midterm 2022 Best Bet Predictions & Last Call Preview!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 107:02

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOhttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation”Missouri Gun Laws - T/F: Are gun manufacturers about to get the tobacco treatment? (10 -12 min)STL Post Dist article: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-republicans-likely-to-block-any-push-for-red-flag-gun-laws/article_264ab532-fe40-5699-8c5c-f90de0a3a218.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_stltodayMayor Jones in STL talks school safety: https://www.ksdk.com/video/news/local/st-louis-mayor-tishaura-jones-talks-student-safety-and-gun-laws-after-cvpa-shooting/63-792b2859-31fc-4078-9f9b-b288094a570f Yeah… NO - There was a MIchael Flynn lead White Christian Nationalism summit in Branson (5-8 min)The “Reawaken America” tour: https://mypatriotmarketplace.com/events/reawaken-america-tour-with-clay-clark-and-general-michael-flynn-at-the-rock-church-virginia-beach-va-3/I thought being woke was bad?MO Independent article: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/04/missouri-leaders-should-condemn-this-weekends-christian-nationalist-rally-in-branson/Final MIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK IN FOR 2022 MIDTERMSFive thirty eight updated shows GOP with edge to win Senate as of Friday Nov 4th at 2pm centralhttps://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/?cid=rrpromo Each of us with picksYour “LOCK” race Adam: Mark Kelly, Sean: Ron Johnson, Rachel: Meghan Green (STL)Your underdog you like to winAdam: Warnock, Sean: Cortez Masto, Rachel: Tim RyanBiggest surprise outcomeAdam: Cindy Axne (Iowa 3rd), Sean: Fetterman wins early and big, Rachel: Kari Lake wins in Arizona (Gov)Who takes HOUSE majority?Adam: GOP, Sean: GOP, Rachel: GOPWho takes SENATE majority?Adam: Dems, Sean: Dems, Rachel: DemsWill MO Dems win enough seats statewide to break GOP super majority? - MAP https://www.mohousedems.com/Awesome article by Galen Bacharier https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/05/17/missouri-statehouse-races-2022-election-candidates-maps/9614683002/Parson didn't fill spots, could have had super maj in 2022LAST CALL: HOLY SHIT, DOING A POLITICAL PODCAST IN CYCLE - WHAT WE LEARNED

    The Flyover View, November 4, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 19:37

    Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland with a Special Midterm Election ReportIntro: What's on the ballotReproductive Healthcare RightsMidterm effects on Food and AgricultureRed Flag LawsEnergy and the ClimateVoting RightsSocial Security BenefitsMarijuana Legalization 

    MO Votes! | Missouri Ballot Initiatives for 2022 Midterm Ballot Explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 50:31

    Co-Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel ParkerGuest: Reece Ellishttps://heartlandpod.com/Sign Up  at Heartland POD  Patreon For Extras!“”Change The Conversation.”All Ballot Measures: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/petitions/2022BallotMeasuresAmendment 1: This one comes to us FROM the Missouri general assembly, in other words Republicans wanted to put this on in order to add it to the constitution. The question: Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:allow the General Assembly to override the current constitutional restrictions of state investments by the state treasurer; andallow state investments in municipal securities possessing one of the top five highest long term ratings or the highest short term rating?This basically shifts greater discretion to the State Treasurer to make decisions on how to invest money. It COULD have a monetary benefit to the state of a couple million dollars, but that is not a guarantee. The reality here is that there is a huge push by the GOP to end what they call “woke” investments - basically divest all public money from anything that looks like green energy or touches a company that might be friendly to equity and equal rights. This one is an EASY NO for me, we don't need this change. It's a political move - not a public benefit move. Just another way for the GOP to fight a culture war that they have invented. Current Text of Constitution in question: https://ballotpedia.org/Article_IV,_Missouri_Constitution#:~:text=Section%2015,-Text%20of%20Section&text=The%20state%20treasurer%20shall%20be,by%20the%20department%20of%20revenue.Proposed Change: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills211/hlrbillspdf/0587H.03T.pdfAmendment 4:  this one is really simple - yet again we have the missouri GOP majority trying to take over local control wherever they can to keep democrats from having any say in policy - Amendment 4 would change a current provision of law that requires the city of Kansas City to provide 20% of its city budget to the city policy department by requiring that be a 25% allocation. Why? Because the KC City counsel, a local government body made up of locally elected official took money from the budget and that made people made. It's really that simple. Republicans from hours away want to tell the folks in KC how to spend their money. Another very easy NO vote for me. Amendment 5: This amendment moves the control of the national guard into amore direct line from the Governor's office. I've seen democrats opposed to this one, I've also talked to folks involved with the national guard and overall this amendment seems to make Missouri's set up similar to nearly every other state - I understand the argument from some Democrats that this is just a political power move here, I'm not so sure that argument holds water. That being said, I'm also not sure I see the point of this amendment OTHER than to give the Governor more power. And for that reason alone, Im a NO vote on amendment 5, but I'm not sure in the end it truly matters which way this goes. Constitutional Convention: Missouri law requires that every 20 years the voters have a chance to vote to have a constitutional convention. The law provides for procedures and, in reality, would be quite a show. It would be interesting, but unlikely to be worth much. Even IF the convention came up with proposals, all of those proposals would then have to go to the voters for ratification. I've seen a handful of Dems pushing this issue as a chance to use the ballot box for issues - in a reliance that MO voters continue our streak of supporting more progressive measures when they are not tied to a political party - but I think that is a drastic miscalculation of how the parties will interact with proposed amendments. I'm a  NO  on this one. Amendment 3:Perfect or good? https://empowermissouri.org/amendment-3/Reece Ellis very smart thread on twitter: https://twitter.com/TheReeceEllis/status/1587421773624229892 Emerson college pollWhen it comes to Missouri Amendment 3, legalizing the recreatiooters-back-marijuana-legalization-ballot-initiative-in-new-poll-but-support-is-tightening-a-week-before-election-day/nal use of marijuana, 47% of the respondents plan to support the measure. Meanwhile, 39% plan to oppose it, and 14% are still unsure.https://emersoncollegepolling.com/missouri-2022-republican-eric-schmitt-maintains-double-digit-lead-over-democrat-trudy-busch-valentine/Summary Articles:https://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/01/st-louis-mayor-tishaura-jones-announces-opposition-to-missouri-marijuana-amendment/https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2022-11-02/missouri-amendment-3-legalize-marijuana-recreational-pot-cannabis-election-2022https://www.marijuanamoment.net/missouri-v

    High Country - Politics, Government and Elections News from the American West - November 2, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 10:29

    Follow the money in Colorado's U.S. Senate race | Sen. Michael Bennet smacks down dishonest attack repeated by GOP challenger Joe O'Dea | Arizona cannabis sales set to top $1 Billion for 2nd year in a row - monthly tax revenue is about $20 Million | Flagstaff Arizona bond issue would provide $20 Million for affordable housing | Smashing Pumpkins and Jane's Addiction tour wraps in L.A. on November 19

    Let's Have A Chat | The Kids Are Alright - Truman State Students Discuss Their Political Science Projects Looking at Missouri Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 35:32

    Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85https://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation” Adam Sommer is joined for a chat by  Truman State students, Jack Eichholz, Megan Nesbitt, Emily O'Leary, and Colleen O'Reilly. The group are all part of a class project looking at Missouri political races in the midterms for 2022 including fact checking both Republicans and Democrats along with a project aimed at blogging in favor of Trudy Busch Valentine, for Senate.  

    Talkin' Politics | Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics; Record Oil Profits During Crisis; 2022 Early Voting Advantage for Dems?; Paul Pelosi Attack and Ratcheted Up Political Rhetoric

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 89:56

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCOLies, Damn Lies, & Statistics   - Single polls - and data reliance: Is Sharice Davids really up 14 points? https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article267967122.html?ac_cid=DM717884&ac_bid=1222525714fivethirty eight 80/20 in favor of Davidshttps://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/house/kansas/3/Why don't outlier polls share info on cross tabs and sampling?  Yeah… NO Exxon mobile exec says that they have been returning profits to the people because they payed out a dividend Exxon made a $20 B profit in Q3, Shell 9.5 billion, Chevron 11.2 BILLIONRecord setting profits amid inflation issueshttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-28/exxon-cites-dividend-in-response-to-biden-attack-on-oil-profits?sref=ZOgFhNqs#xj4y7vzkgRecord profits: https://thehill.com/policy/3709759-oil-companies-rake-in-huge-profits-amid-consumer-squeeze/ Buy or SellVoters on the left will treat 2022 differently than 2016 & 2018Early voting seems to be way up https://twitter.com/simonwdc/status/1586744022789505026?s=46&t=8JfsL2uvjtueWoJ8mF49qwIs early voting jump just due to carryover from Covid changes? Does it mean something more?https://www.salon.com/2022/10/25/norman-say-no-to-fascism/2016 breakdowns were fairly normal, statistically speaking - if turnout is not accounted forhttps://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2018/08/09/an-examination-of-the-2016-electorate-based-on-validated-voters/Enthusiasm gap?10% of Bernie supporters voted for Trumphttps://www.npr.org/2017/08/24/545812242/1-in-10-sanders-primary-voters-ended-up-supporting-trump-survey-findsIs that group enough to swing 2022?The Big One Paul Pelosi attackedGOP has spent a decade creating a fictitious villain out of Nancy PelosiTreating politics as a battle of culture creates greater animosityhttps://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/30/rnc-chair-gop-rhetoric-pelosi-assault-00064129https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/29/pelosis-gop-campaign-ad-villain-violent-home-invasion-00064112Elon helped push some bull shit reporting too https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1586799992978776065?s=46&t=8JfsL2uvjtueWoJ8mF49qwNY times article https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1586781288660623360?s=46&t=8JfsL2uvjtueWoJ8mF49qwRachel reminder: the reason it's easy to hate on Nancy is because she is the most widely recognizable and successful house speaker since Tip O'Neil (and that guy was on Cheers ffs, and part of where the “coastal liberal elite” myth); kind of shocking the party of “grooming” NEEEEVVVVEER ever brings up Denny Hastert (how long was that sentence for criminal sexual assault again?)

    The Flyover View, October 28, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 18:57

    Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland#MOLeg obsession with deregulating guns, and the fallout Right-wing misinformation effort goes local in Normal ILOhio Issue 1Theft of frozen beef in Nebraska uncovers crime ringArkansas struggles to voteTX goes permit-less on guns, and police face an armed public2 conservatives accused in hoax robocall scheme plead guilty

    Disinformation, Propaganda, and Dark Brandon | With Guest Julie Hotard, PHD and Disinformation Expert

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 27:24

    Adam on Twitter:  @Adam_Sommer85Julie on Twitter:  @upineAdam Sommer chats with Julie Hotard, an expert in disinformation. Julie, a PHD, helps us better understand the messaging happening right now coming from the extreme right wing and the dangers of allowing lies, propaganda, and disinformation to go unchecked. Plus, learn about why she thinks "Dark Brandon" is a great lead and example of how we can all push back. Learn more about Julie and her writing: https://upine.medium.com/Click/Tap here:  Sing up for Patreon for exclusive access to extras!   "Change the conversation."

    The Delta, E36: Voting for Vacuums

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 29:46

    Are they really gonna make us vote for these vacuums? Nicholas (educator) & Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) tie polls about the general election to predictions in science classes and door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales.

    Trish Gunby Is Back For a Chat About Her Run For Congress In The MO-2nd District

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 28:48

    Adam on Twitter:  @Adam_Sommer85Trish on Twitter:  @TrishForMOAdam Sommer chats with Trish Gunby, Missouri State Rep. and current Democratic nominee for the Missouri 2nd district Congressional race. Trish is putting in the hours and the miles and building a team that is ready for the home stretch in her attempt to unseat the incumbent Republican, Ann Wagner. Trish talks about town hall meetings, the messages she's hearing from voters, and the "something's in the air" kind of energy out there on the campaign trail. Learn more about Trish: https://www.trishgunby.com/meet-trishClick/Tap here:  Sing up for Patreon for exclusive access to extras!   

    Competent State Leadership Is A Luxury | Bannon Sentenced, Trump Did Crimes With His Lawyer | Increased Abortion Education | Bold Midterm 2022 Predictions | Last Call Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 85:52

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPhttps://heartlandpod.com/“Change The Conversation” TRUE OR FALSECompetent state leadership is NOW a luxury itemGov. Parson recent media love fest toward teachers will result in something realhttps://twitter.com/BigElad/status/1582717235486785536?s=20&t=iXXjg7vynQpeRr7xogemrwhttps://missouriindependent.com/2022/10/18/commission-recommends-salary-increases-to-address-missouri-teacher-shortage/https://twitter.com/GovParsonMO/status/1582170175624728576 You don't F***ing saySteven Bannon is going to prison & You don't get to have privilege with your lawyer when your lawyer is helping you do crimesBannon https://www.npr.org/2022/10/21/1130327514/steve-bannon-sentencing-jan-6-committeeTrump and Lawyer: https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/invoking-attorney-client-privilege-fails-donald-trump-john-eastman-n1300095Trump singed the law suit knowing it was falsehttps://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/judge-says-trump-knew-voter-fraud-numbers-false-orders-ex-lawyer-give-rcna53047Girl…this, too: https://news.yahoo.com/judge-expects-steve-bannon-wall-154713375.htmlBuy or Sell The real silver lining of the Dobbs case is the way it has changed the conversation around women's health in generalhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/18/pregnancy-weeks-abortion-tissue?CMP=Share_iOSApp_OtherRE: images of fetal tissue that measure less than an inch: “I have been in the training field, and medical students and clinicians who see it are also shocked. That is how pervasive this misinformation is,” Fleischman says.https://myanetwork.org/the-issue-of-tissue/ BOLD PREDICTIONS!Biggest surprise WIN for dems in midterms (for rachel) Leaving my notes here, for both a and b:https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/23/michael-moore-democratic-party-win-midterm-interview“Reached by telephone last week, Moore, 68, told the Guardian that his purpose, in effect, is to puncture herd-thinking. He points to three recent examples where political norms were wrongly interpreted.“If I said to you six months ago, ‘you know Kansas, right? It's a huge pro-abortion state and this summer by a margin of 60% they're going to keep abortion legal' you'd think I had made a crazy statement,” he says.”Biggest surprise LOSS for dems in midtermsWhat is the thing that no one sees today that will be crystal clear on November 9th? (For rachel: people will start giving all the fucks about governor's races even more than they are right now in preparation for 2024; to wit, check out the date I wrote this, and look how far we've come since then: https://www.imadeyoulook.net/look/governorscheckandbalance)It seemed revolutionary to me anyway to write articles like this in 2019, and now I'm on a reasonably popular podcast about this very type of thing. If these states were up in 2020, they'll be up in 2024. And we will give way more fucks than we did in 2020.LAST CALLThe Media Trump Darling ComplexKari Lake https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/10/kari-lake-arizona-governor-trump-2022-election/671679/“Trump has been laying the groundwork”...is a drinking game now?Tulsi is backThe great Taylor Branch gets it: https://twitter.com/taylorbranch/status/1583807655067324418

    The Flyover View, October 21, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 17:26

    HEADLINE 1: Contamination in Springfield's groundwater, and Missouri knew for Decades - STLPRAn investigation by the Midwest Newsroom and St. Louis Public Radio has found that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the company Litton Systems, a former defense contractor that had employed thousands of people in Springfield to make circuit boards for the Navy and telecommunications industry, knew as early as 1993 that contamination beyond the company's property into the surrounding community “had undoubtedly occurred,”. Litton used a toxic solvent called trichloroethylene (TCE) to wash the circuit boards and for years improperly disposed of it. The pollutant leached into the groundwater and into aquifers deep below the ground. It then spread to nearby properties, where it made its way into wells that supplied water to those who lived and worked near Litton. A review of thousands of pages of government records and interviews found that DNR employees raised concerns about the contamination and implored the agency to force Litton to investigate further. But in the years that followed, neither the company nor DNR sought to determine the extent of the problem or alert the public about the potential risks, our examination found. Instead, both relied on a remediation system to remove the TCE, a measure that the government later determined did not work to effectively contain the contamination.The problem was not broadly known in Springfield until TCE was detected and publicized in 2018 at Fantastic Caverns, a tourist destination about five miles north of the former Litton site. As a result, some people bought property without knowing that they would be exposed to a chemical linked to cancer and other medical conditions. Others are left wondering how long they've been drinking and bathing in water tainted with TCE. And people are upset that an agency tasked with protecting the environment did not do more to warn the public about the risks of contamination. When you hear a story like this there's a lot of anger and frustration to be had. The carelessness of Litton cannot be overstated, but we have come to expect a company to hide in the shadows on issues like this. The thing that hits me hard is the fact that the DNR failed to adequately do its job, and there should be consequences. It may be tempting to point to the failure of the DNR as an example of how government doesn't work, but take a step back and realize without that governmental body, this would have NEVER come to light. Yes, it functioned poorly, but that can be fixed and hopefully better handled in the future. Leave it to private enterprise and we never find out.HEADLINE 2: Joplin, MO woman left helpless with non-viable pregnancy - Springfield News-LeaderAt 6:30 a.m. on August 2, nearly 18 weeks into her pregnancy, Mylissa Farmer experienced what doctors call a preterm premature rupture of membranes — her water broke before labor, followed by vaginal bleeding, abdominal pressure and cramping.She went to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, where she'd been just the day before. Everything had been normal then. She and her boyfriend, Matthew McNeill, had already picked out a name for their daughter: Maeve.But the doctors had devastating news for them on Aug. 2.If Maeve was delivered right then, chances of survival at 17 weeks and 5 days were zero, according to the assessment and plan section of Farmer's medical records outlining the visit. And the outcome wasn't much better if they tried to hold off on delivery.The doctors recommended terminating the pregnancy, but 39 days after the state of Missouri banned abortions, that wasn't an option, at least not in Missouri.A year ago, the hospital could have offered a chance for the couple to say goodbye and hold their daughter, even though they knew she wouldn't survive outside the womb.Instead, Farmer and McNeill were left to make a series of trips across three states and countless phone calls.The couple wanted to be able to grieve the loss of their daughter, not sit at home or in a hospital "with a baby dying inside me," Farmer said."I know it sounds horrible, but we just wanted to finish the process," she said. In the end, Farmer didn't just lose Maeve; she lost her friends and her trust that Missouri would allow medical professionals to do their jobs."It was hard. You could tell the doctors were trying to tell us what we needed to do, but at the same time, trying to protect themselves. We're not angry with them," Farmer said.If her vitals plummeted or infection set in, or the fetus' cardiac activity stopped, the doctors could intervene, but not before then.At 41, Farmer worried that by the time there was an emergency, it would be too late for both her and Maeve. And even if Farmer did live through it, she worried about what her recovery would be like. She was already at "risks of maternal thrombosis given her history of (deep vein thrombosis during a COVID-19 infection), infection/sepsis, severe blood loss, hysterotomy, hysterectomy and even mortality," according to the medical record.Farmer then did something she, who describes herself as "pretty pro-life" and Christian, never thought she would do: She began to look for abortion clinics.Farmer and McNeill set out for Granite City, Illinois. Early in the morning on Aug. 5, Farmer began to have back pain while on their way to the place just 15 minutes outside of St. Louis. When she got to HOPE Clinic, she was in labor.After the fact, Farmer said it was almost reassuring that the labor came on. Friends in Joplin who knew of the situation had been telling her that she "could give birth at 17 weeks, that they knew people who have done it, that I was killing my child.""It did my heart good to know I was doing the right thing," she said, as if her body was telling her that it was OK.But still, the experience was harrowing. Protesters in front of the clinic echoed the things her friends had told her, "saying we were killing our baby and that we were evil.""It was awful, you know? We were just going through so much. We didn't want this ... but at the same time, we had no choice," Farmer said.Since their ordeal, Farmer has lost trust. While she still feels her obstetrician at Freeman Hospital in Joplin is a good doctor, she's worried about whether medical professionals in Missouri will be able to offer patients necessary care.Despite reaching out to various legislators, she has yet to receive an answer that satisfies her: Why is this law written this way? If it's to protect women, why did she have to be in danger before she could get care in-state? Why is it such a binary law?"The world is too nuanced to put such strict rules in place," Farmer said.HEADLINE 3: Supreme Court Considers Pork Producers' Plea - The InterceptOn Tuesday, oral arguments will begin in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, a case in which the pork industry is challenging the constitutionality of a California law regulating the worst cruelties of mass meat and egg production. The pork producers are arguing that California's law ends up forcing them to change their procedures outside California's borders at significant cost.If the justices rule on the side of the pork producers, it will be only the latest case to expose the illusion of so-called states' rights that conservative legal forces have spent 200 years pushing on the public.There would also be widespread implications: Ruling in favor of industry would set yet another grim precedent, potentially curtailing the ability of states to enforce progressive industry regulations and protections. Everything from state laws on workers' rights to environmental standards to further animal welfare issues could be challenged. Meanwhile, there could be another layer of irony: With the court's provenselective federalism, we can be sure that any such precedent would be no barrier to conservative states enacting laws with economic consequences far beyond their state lines in future.THE LAW IN question at the Supreme Court this week is California's Prop 12, passed through a resounding 2018 ballot victory. The law bans the sale in California of meat and eggs from animals raised in extreme and brutal confinement, including in gestation crates where pregnant pigs are held, barely able to move, for most of their lives.Such confinement has been condemned by all major animal welfare and veterinary organizations, and has been deemed a “profound danger to food and public health,” given the rife spread of disease, according to a brief written by the American Public Health Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, among others, for the case.The pork producers contend that the law creates unconstitutional constraint on their business, as farmers in other states must change their practices to abide by Prop 12's standards if they hope to sell pork in the nation's most populous state and since most of the pork consumed in California is indeed produced out of state, and that the state is a market too big for major producers to forego, there's little doubt that the Californian regulations would indeed affect interstate practices. It's not a foregone conclusion that a majority of justices will side with the National Pork Producers Council. Both conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have, from an originalist stance, previously criticized the dormant commerce clause. And, of course, all six of the court's right-wing justices have ruled in favor of state laws that have significant economic effects on the lives of those outside those states — such is the nature of living in an entangled national body politic. Just ask the abortion clinics now overwhelmed by out-of-state travel. Yet we should never underestimate the conservative majority's pro-business bent, and its unabashed desire to quash any and all liberation struggles — be they for human or nonhuman lives.If the pork producers succeed in overthrowing Prop 12, many millions of animals will continue to live and die in the most appalling suffering. The message will be sent too that when big business wants to challenge democratically passed state laws, they have several right-wing Supreme Court justices — those storied defenders of states' rights — on their side.This situation on the Federal scale reminds me immediately of Missouri's own quashing of local politics. The Missouri GOP claims to be the protector of local politics but when CAFOs in Missouri began polluting groundwater the State told counties they couldn't enact regulations locally to hinder big business. It's certainly evident the Right favors big government when it serves them. LIGHTNING ROUND:LR 1 - Lone Candidate shows up for Missouri's 3rd - News TribuneOnly one candidate was present for the News Tribune's election forum Tuesday night, but two issues emerged to dominate the discussion: the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and federal student loan forgiveness. Bethany Mann, agricultural scientist and the Democratic challenger for Missouri's 3rd Congressional District, said the pandemic is ongoing and that student loan forgiveness isn't the ultimate solution to skyrocketing higher education costs, but a good policy nonetheless. Mann states that The country's student loan system is predatory, because it traps financially inexperienced young people into accumulating mass amounts of debt they don't know they can repay. The real issue is a lack of regulation on the banking industry, she said. Mann said more corporate regulations can insulate consumers from market shocks."We need to fix the root cause and not penalize people for trying to make a better life for themselves," she said.As far as Blaine Luetktemeyer, he couldn't be bothered to show up to the conversation.LR 2 - Kansas ranks among the worst in the country on both mental illness and its treatment - NPRA new report by Mental Health America tracking mental illness and the ease of accessing care found high rates of addiction among young people and mental illness and suicidal thoughts among adults put Kansas in last place.The report, based largely on data from 2019 and 2020, found 9% of Kansas youth had a substance use disorder, more than any other state. Over a quarter of adults had a mental illness and over 6% had serious thoughts of suicide, both well above national averages. In part, that's because the state doesn't have enough psychiatrists, therapists and other mental health care workers to go around. Compared with a national rate of one provider for every 350 people, Kansas only had one for every 470 people — and experts say the shortfall is particularly dire in rural areas. Kansas also got low marks on insurance rates and the ability to afford mental health care.Around 18% of adults with mental illness in Kansas had no insurance, compared with 11% nationwide. And only around 7% of youths with severe depression received consistent treatment for it, compared to 28% nationwide.LR 3 - Commission recommends salary increases to address Missouri teacher shortage - Missouri IndependentA state commission Tuesday laid out its recommendations to improve teacher recruitment and retention in Missouri, including a push to raise starting salaries that currently rank among the lowest in the nation. The State Board of Education approved the commission's nine recommendations and pledged to bring the findings to the public and lawmakers. Nearly 8% of available full-time teaching positions in the school year 2020-2021 were vacant or filled by not fully qualified individuals, according to the report. One of the commission's immediate recommendations was for the legislature to amend the state's base teacher salary, which is currently set by state law at $25,000 for a beginning teacher, to “at least $38,000” and to conduct annual reviews of the starting salary level.According to the National Education Association's review from earlier this year, Missouri's average teacher starting salary ranks second-to-last in the nation, at $33,234, higher only than Montana. At a public hearing in August, educators recounted taking on second jobs to get by.Per the Report, the legislature should also establish a state fund to help local school districts pay more competitive salaries overall, the report recommended. The average teachers salary in Missouri ranks 47th in the nation, at $51,557, according to the National Education Association. It's good to see that last bit tacked on, the focus on teacher pay in Missouri almost always centers on starting pay, which… is admittedly terrible, but we want to retain teachers too. A pay bump for every teacher in Missouri is way overdue.LR 4 - Will the next Farm Bill be climate friendly? Depends on the Midterms - Mother JonesThis year's midterm elections will decide the direction of a massive legislative package meant to tackle the nation's agricultural problems. Ahead of the November elections, House Republicans have already released insight into their priorities for this upcoming legislation. The Republican Study Committee, whose members make up 80 percent of all Republican members of Congress, released its draft budget in July. This draft document outlines a plan that completely defunds federal programs that support conservation efforts, as well as slashes federal food stamp and crop insurance programs. As Farm Bill debates continue, a group of over 150 progressive, agriculture, and environmental groups, from the nation's largest federation of labor unions to the Sierra Club environmental group, have urged President Joe Biden to add climate reforms in the upcoming legislative package. In a letter to Biden, organizations urged the President to pass a Farm Bill that would help mend economic and racial divides in the industry, increase access to nutrition, support fair labor conditions in farming communities labor conditions, as well as tackle the climate crisis with a focus on agriculture. LR 5 - Kansas Republicans downplay abortion in legislative races. Some change campaign sites - Kansas City StarMike Pence recently tweeted out “I've got news for President Biden. Come January 22nd, we will have Pro-Life majorities in the House and Senate and we'll be taking the cause of the right to Life to every state house in America!” Which sounds a little funny when hearing reports of   Multiple Kansas House GOP candidates removing anti-abortion material from their campaign sites in the wake of voters' rejection of the constitutional amendment in August. We keep seeing this play out, the Republicans, the proverbial dog in this idiom, have caught the car on Abortion and frankly don't know exactly how to move forward. Hopefully a full blown referendum is coming down the pipe in November!

    Deb Lavender for Representative | Mo 98th State House District

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 20:07

    Deb Lavender Website: https://www.upballot.com/deb-lavender While serving in the legislature, Deb found her place working on the Budget Committee to find and distribute hidden money to the areas throughout our state that needed it the most. She was able to work across the aisle to increase funding for people living at home with disabilities, mental health needs, utility assistance, and was able to amend the budget to include 15 million for broadband expansion. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to assure our tax dollars are working for Missourians, and Deb is widely recognized as the best person to get this done. Deb takes an active part in the community, working as a health care professional and local businesswoman. As a physical therapist and sole owner of an outpatient physical therapy clinic, Deb has built her professional reputation based on results. She is recognized as a leader in her field, receiving referrals from around the region.Born and raised in New England, Deb put herself through college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Soon after graduation, Deb moved to St. Louis and now has deep roots in our community.Deb's interest in politics was first sparked as a teenager when she participated in Girls State, a program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. There, she learned the importance and value of democratic government. In the following years, she put her energy and enthusiasm for politics to work by becoming involved in local and state issues.Before being elected, Deb worked the halls of the state capitol in Jefferson City to garner support for issues important to her and the people in her community. In 2006, she channeled her passion and skill for government into an internship for State Representative Barbara Fraser.Deb had the great opportunity to participate in raising her nephew, Griffin, and is very proud of the man he has become and enjoys time with him and his growing family.As an active leader and consistent volunteer in community service and community improvement endeavors, Deb participates in the following organizations:Member of Rotary International since 1985Women's Political CaucusBoard of Directors, Mary Culver Home for the Visually Impaired 2010-202050 Trees for 50 Years, Volunteer - (Kirkwood – 2011-2019)Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, MemberAmerican Physical Therapy Association, MemberMissouri Physical Therapy Association, Member

    High Country | A Report From The American West Plains

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 16:17

    The Heartland POD on TwitterGo to heartlandpod.com for information on all our political podcasts, and a link to support our work on Patreon. Sign up as an Official PODhead for just $5 per month to access all our premium podcast segments and political writing. To join the conversation on Twitter, find us at THE Heartland POD. Alright! Let's get into it: COLORADO NEWSLINE: RINO hunters looking for a bloodbathAs county clerks across Colorado prepared to send out mail ballots to voters on Monday, former President Donald Trump weighed in on one of the state's most-watched 2022 races.Trump blasted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O'Dea, a Denver construction CEO, as a “RINO,” or Republican in name only, over comments O'Dea made about a potential 2024 Trump presidential campaign.In a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union, O'Dea was asked whether the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol should disqualify Trump from running again. O'Dea called the events of Jan. 6 “a black eye for our country,” though he has previously said he doesn't believe Trump deserves blame for the Capitol attack.“I don't think Donald Trump should run again,” O'Dea said Sunday. “I'm going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we've got four or five really great Republicans right now — Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott. They can run and serve for eight years.”Trump responded in a post on his Truth Social website: “MAGA doesn't Vote for stupid people with big mouths”O'Dea faces an uphill battle against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who is seeking his third full Senate term, in a state that has trended increasingly blue in recent elections. Bennet has led O'Dea in recent polling by an average of eight percentage points, according to FiveThirtyEight.A first-time candidate who has pitched himself as a moderate on social issues, O'Dea has walked a tightrope throughout his campaign as he seeks to win over moderate voters without alienating the conservative Republican base.He did not publicly state his opposition to a Trump 2024 bid until after the June GOP primary, when he defeated far-right state Rep. Ron Hanks with 55% of the vote. His campaign clarified that O'Dea would still support Trump in the general election if the former president wins the GOP nomination, but O'Dea has since backed off of that position in interviews.GOP state Rep. Dave Williams, a far-right election denier who mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn earlier this year, reacted to Trump's comments in a Twitter post.“Ouch,” Williams wrote. “Maybe Joe's campaign shouldn't alienate the base 3 weeks before an election.”Trump's criticism follows Ron Hanks' endorsement of the Libertarian in the Senate race, Bryan Peotter, who has put election denial and total opposition to abortion at the center of his campaign. The Libertarian wrote on Twitter that Trump's attack on O'Dea “reads like an endorsement for my campaign pretty clearly.”In an Oct. 7 appearance on the conservative “Chuck and Julie Show,” Ron Hanks, who received just under 45% of the vote in the GOP's June primary, said neither Peotter nor O'Dea have a chance of beating Bennet - and that Republican voters should vote for Peotter to send a message to party leaders.“It's our time now as grassroots Colorado conservatives to step in. We have a big battle ahead to try to reform this leadership,” said Hanks. “It's got to be a bloodbath.”COLORADO NEWSLINE: Will Colorado legalize psychedelic mushrooms?Ten years after Colorado voters made history by approving the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana, this November's Proposition 122 would allow licensed ‘healing centers' and decriminalize personal use of some hallucinogens. The Natural Medicine Health Act would establish a regulated market for psilocybin and psilocyn, the psychoactive compounds found in psychedelic mushrooms. Placed on the 2022 ballot by a citizen initiative, it will become law if a majority of Colorado voters give their approval.The measure would allow licensed “healing centers” to provide access to psilocybin and psilocyn for therapeutic purposes. It would also decriminalize the “personal use” of the substances, allowing people to possess and grow psychedelic mushrooms in their own homes.GET THE MORNING HEADLINES DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOXNatural Medicine Colorado, the group backing the effort says “Natural psychedelic medicines are non-addictive, and can have profound benefits for people struggling with mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, opioid use disorder, and those struggling to find peace at the end of their lives.”Proposition 122 qualified for the ballot in July after organizers submitted more than the required 124,632 valid signatures to the secretary of state's office. An issue committee backing the measure has reported more than $2.8 million in contributions, according to campaign finance disclosures.Nearly all of that funding came from New Approach PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based PAC that advocates for drug policy reform. Top donors to the group include the van Ameringen Foundation, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.New Approach PAC supported successful mushroom decriminalization measures in Oregon and Washington, D.C., in 2020. If voters approve Proposition 122, Colorado would become the third jurisdiction in the country to legalize psilocybin.Denver voters took a more limited step towards the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms in 2019, approving a measure that directed police to make possession of psychedelics the city's ”lowest law-enforcement priority.”Legalization advocates point to a vast body of existing research showing that psychedelics can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The federal Food and Drug Administration has designated psilocybin as a “breakthrough therapy” for the treatment of major depressive disorder.Luke Gruber, an initiative backer and a Marine veteran who suffered from PTSD and depression after serving in Afghanistan, says psilocybin therapy “changed his life.”He said, “I can't really describe the experience, but I can describe what it was like after my first treatment with natural medicine. It was like being reminded of what hope felt like.”If passed, Proposition 122 would establish a 15-member Natural Medicine Advisory Board to oversee the regulation of psychedelic substances. The first licenses for regulated providers would be issued beginning in September 2024. Pending recommendations from the advisory board, other substances, including DMT and mescaline, could be added to the program in 2026.I WILL BE VOTING YES. COLORADO NEWSLINE: SHE'S JUST BLOWING SMOKEKirkmeyer repeats false Colorado oil and gas claims in 8th District debate against CaraveoIn a recent debate in the race for Colorado's new 8th Congressional District, right-wing GOP State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer took the opportunity to repeat a series of false claims about the oil and gas industry, and the impacts of a 2019 law sponsored by her Democratic opponent, state Rep. Dr. Yadira Caraveo.Kirkmeyer called the package of new health, safety and environmental reforms a “de facto ban on oil and gas. We went from 5,100 permits approved in 2018 down to about, I think, 22 — 22 permits this year, something approximately in that area,” she claimed.So, it's not 22. It's actually 842 new drilling permits that have been approved this year. Nearly 40 times higher than what Kirkmeyer claimed. In total, there are 1,314 active drilling permits held by Colorado oil and gas producers as of last week.She made a similar false claim in March, asserting that only four permits had been issued at that point in the year. The true figure was 125.Colorado's oil production levels have dipped slightly from their 2019 peak, but remain near historic highs. Producers within the state are on pace to pump more than 156 million barrels of crude oil out of Colorado this year. That's higher than every other year prior to 2018, and it's more than five times the volume being pumped in Colorado ten years ago. Drillers have reduced growth plans and capital budgets in large part due to the demands of Wall Street investors, who flooded the industry with cheap credit amid the 2010s fracking boom, but have since sought to prioritize more profitable streams of revenue.Kirkmeyer claimed that SB-181 “killed thousands of jobs” in the 8th District, which encompasses an area in north metro Denver and Weld County that is home to the vast majority of Colorado's oil production. Asked why the same trends were observed in drilling-friendly states like Texas and Wyoming recently, Kirkmeyer said, “I have no idea what other laws, or what other kinds of regulations, or what else was going on in those states.” Kirkmeyer also denied the scientific consensus on fossil fuels and climate change. Dr. Caraveo, the Democratic candidate, is a pediatrician who has seen the impacts of drilling and refinery operations in the lungs of the innocent kids who come into her clinic. The Suncor refinery, one of Colorado's largest sources of air pollution, is located within the new district. Dr. Caraveo said 2019's oil and gas reform bill was moderate, and incorporated industry input. The 8th District, the boundaries of which were drawn last year by Colorado's first-ever Independent Redistricting Commission, is the state's most competitive. According to the commission's analysis, former President Donald Trump would have won the district by 1.7 percentage points in the 2016 election, while Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper would have carried the district by the same margin in his defeat of former GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020. Nonpartisan elections analysts rate the race as a toss-up.ARIZONA MIRROR:Oath Keepers are planning to watch drop boxes in Arizona, spurred by conspiracy theories. The groups' violent rhetoric has advocates worried, and some local politicians are stirring the pot. The increased attention to ballot drop boxes comes in the wake of the debunked film “2000 Mules” about a completely made up ballot stuffing operation supposedly benefitting Democratic candidates. Now, groups are organizing events to keep an eye on drop boxes in Arizona. One of those groups is connected directly to the Arizona chapter of the Oath Keepers, a known white supremacist group. They're calling their midterm voter intimidation efforts “Operation Drop Box.” On its website the group members describe themselves as “conservative patriots” who say the country has been hijacked global elites, communists, leftists, deep state bureaucrats, and fake news.”Jim Arroyo, the leader of the Arizona Oath Keepers said the group sent emails to everyone in the group's roster, about 1,000 people. In an Oath Keeprs meeting, Arroyo said “For the November election we would like to post people at drop boxes to have eyes on target to be able to notify law enforcement. We have already coordinated with Sheriff Rhodes and he told us that if we see somebody stuffing a ballot box and we get a license plate number, that deputies would make an arrest and there will be a prosecution.” County Sheriff David Rhodes has spoken to the Arizona chapter of the Oath Keepers on two separate occasions. In an August 2021 meeting, he said “I've got to tell you, this is one of my favorite groups. It is great to be with friends” When asked about coordination between the Sheriff, Lions of Liberty and the Oath Keepers. County spokesperson Kristin Greene said “Sheriff Rhodes has zero to do with their effort to watch the drop boxes.”Rhodes also spoke to the group in late September, a meeting which the Sheriff's Office said was to educate the group on what was legal and what was not legal for the group to do. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office told the group members that as long as they stay 75 feet away from the drop boxes, they are within their legal rights, but any closer and they could be violating the law. The county is also at the center of another effort led by former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack, who leads the so-called Constitutional Sheriffs Association, an extremist anti-government group.  CSPOA and the Oath Keepers have long had close ties.State Sen. Kelly Townsend, a Republican, called on “vigilantes” to camp out on drop boxes. At a legislative hearing all about indulging wild conspiracy theories, she said, “I have been so pleased to hear about all you vigilantes out there that want to camp out at these drop boxes. We're going to have hidden trail cameras, we are going to have people parked out there watching you and they are going to follow you to your car and get your license plate, so don't try it. Don't try it anymore.” Lake Havasu Republican Sonny Borrelli has also made similar calls while at an election security forum. “We need to be force multipliers,” Borrelli told the crowd in Tempe. “We need to have people camped on unmanned drop boxes and camp on those and keep an eye on them and take down that data, license plates, pictures and so on and so forth.”Concerned voter advocates are advising that .ocal law enforcement may not be the best option for a voter to turn to, if you end up feeling intimidated at the polls - instead suggesting contacting local election officials, the election protection hotline, or federal law enforcement. Voter intimidation is a federal crime, one that is enforced by the FBI and Department of Justice. When asked for comment about the situation with white supremacists camping out at ballot drop boxes, United States Attorney for Arizona Gary Restaino said “Enough with the election deniers and fear-mongers, who only seek to undermine our democratic process. I'm proud to live in a state that endeavors to remove barriers to voting, and that has long believed in vote-by-mail. Working in partnership with our state and local election officials, the Department of Justice will do its very best to ensure that every eligible voter who chooses to vote can do so easily and efficiently, without interference or discrimination.”Most importantly, voters shouldn't let wackos like the Oath Keepers and so-called Constitutional Sheriffs keep you from participating in American democracy. ON THAT NOTE:Arizona's General Election has officially begun, with ballots being sent out across the state to voters who have signed up to receive them by mail, and with polling places opening up for early voting. Voters who have registered for mail-in ballots will begin receiving their ballots soon, and can check the status of their ballot at my.arizona.voteThose who have not yet requested a mail-in ballot have until Oct. 28 to do so. NEVADA CURRENT:Nevada launches opioid task force as fentanyl overdoses increaseThe Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Attorney General Aaron Ford and Gov. Steve Sisolak have launched an opioid task force designed to provide technical assistance, guidance and resources to local and state jurisdictions amid the rise of opioid overdoses. The increase in overdoses is associated with fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl is often found in other drugs like cocaine and pills and is not detectable without a chemical test. Between July and August in Nevada, emergency department visits from suspected opioid-related deaths increased by 66% - and emergency department visits from suspected stimulant-related overdoses increased by 50%.For those looking for help, visit: behavioralhealthnv.org in Nevada, or can call the free, confidential, national treatment and referral hotline at 1-800-662-4357. 1-800-662-helpTo find free naloxone or learn about using fentanyl test strips in Nevada, visit nvopioidresponse.orgLast year, 107,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. Concert pick of the Week: Todd Snider at Washington's FOCOTodd Snider is an American singer/songwriter who is 1000x more fucking badass than implied by that term. He's got a new Live album called Return of the Storyteller, with extra resonance in our post-pandemic era. Snider says laughingly, “This was really only my second tour – because I went out on the road in '94 and never went home until the pandemic.  And I'm so glad I recorded those shows for this album. Because that was the sound of the country getting to see live music again. Everyone just hugs at the start of a concert-you can tell folks are glad to see each other, and then they get more excited than they used to be about just being out and seeing music. I'm sure that it will go back to normal, but it hasn't yet.”So go to the show! Todd Snider is playing next Wednesday Washington's Fort Collins - tickets at washingtonsfoco.com.Next Friday - October 28 he'll be at Knuckleheads in Kansas City - on Saturday November 19th he'll be play the Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis, and in between he has near daily shows in Des Moines, Eau Claire, Omaha, Iowa City, Chicago, Madison, Grand Rapids, Ohio, Illinois, Raleigh, Knoxville.Closes out the tour in December with 5 dates in Texas, last of which being Luckenback, on December 10.If you can't tell - I'm definitely hoping to catch a couple of this extraordinary storyteller's shows. God willing.Welp, that's it for me! From Denver I'm Sean Diller. Original reporting for the stories in today's show comes from the Nevada Current, Arizona Mirror, Colorado Newsline, Source New Mexico, and Denver's Westword.Thank you for listening! See you next time.

    Natalie Davis with United States of Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 29:45

    Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Guest: Natalie Davishttps://unitedstatesofcare.org/Natalie Davis has worked for nearly two decades shaping and implementing American health care policies to improve the lives of all people. In 2018, she and fellow national health care leader Andy Slavitt launched United States of Care to ensure that everyone in the country has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income. She is relentless in her person-centered approach to building health care solutions and has a history of building partnerships – with organizations, patient advocacy groups and everyday people – that work to create positive change in our country's health care system.From 2010-2016, Natalie served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with the final two years as Senior Advisor to former CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt. At CMS, she was deeply engaged in the implementation of one of the country's largest expansions of health care in modern history. Natalie provided strategic and tactical support during the development of the agency's internal and external priorities, and served as a liaison between CMS and stakeholders across the country.In 2017, Natalie served as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the Bipartisan Policy Center. There she worked to launch the Future of Health Reform initiative which serves as a resource to policymakers by developing effective and politically viable solutions to our nation's health care challenges. This effort is led by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, as well as by Andy Slavitt, Gail Wilensky, and other leaders. Natalie knows firsthand that it is possible to bring the smartest minds together to innovate and get things done — regardless of political party.A social entrepreneur, Natalie also helped found Town Hall Ventures and The Medicaid Transformation Project, both of which focus on bringing the best of innovation and care delivery to diverse communities. An advocate and a mother, Natalie currently serves on the board of directors of the Preeclampsia Foundation.Natalie believes that it has never been more important to make our health care system work better for everyone. She is dedicated to bringing together leaders and advocates from across the country who can help create meaningful change in our nation's inequitable health care system. She brings all her personal and professional experiences to the fight for better health care, working to expand access to quality, affordable health care to help people right now, while working towards durable federal policies centered on the needs of people to provide real and lasting solutions for everybody.Natalie holds an M.A. in Social Policy from George Washington University and is an alumna of Salisbury University schools of Sociology and Art History. Natalie lives in Washington, DC with her amazing husband and four children.

    Climate Activists Embrace Soup Season; Eric May Need To Wipe Trump's Schmitt Off His Nose; Midterm Decision Desk Check In - Ticket Splitting Coming?; PLUS Adam does an Alex Jones Impression For Five Seconds

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 79:34

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCO Opening Statement - 2min 45 secTrue False - 13 min 15 secYeah ... NO - 26 min 40 secMid Term Check In - 49 min TRUE OR FALSE - Climate activists with “Just Stop Oil” throwing soup on a priceless work of art was low key brillianthttps://twitter.com/damiengayle/status/1580864210741133312?s=20&t=DgeaKW1bq-hHwYYW4svXaQBest things to throw on something?  Yeah… NOEric Schmitt was born to followhttps://twitter.com/TheHeartlandPOD/status/1580921223927644162?s=20&t=SolFnJrWPSTuTJ8UUQYI3gBonus: ALEX JONES OWES A BILLION $Oof, the judge: “willful non-compliance” in the discovery process. (I would like the attorney to talk about what an appeals process for a default judgment looks like, please).https://www.npr.org/2021/11/15/1055864452/alex-jones-found-liable-for-defamation-in-sandy-hook-hoax-caseMIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK INQuick rundown - according to Cook Political Report of the ratings of all of the close raceshttps://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/senate-race-ratingsBTW Missouri in that list is in the SOLID R ratingEasy way to understand this race - if you are a Missouri voter, w/o using your computer or phone at all, just right now, can you tell me the name of the Republican running against Tammy Duckworth in Illinois https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/MO and IL are basically statistical flips of each otherGrassley in a tight race against former U.S. Navy Admiral https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2022/10/15/iowa-us-senate-race-chuck-grassley-mike-franken-poll-election/69562063007/Picked three states that are good snapshots of national trendsIf the polling and predictions hold appears there will be a LOT of ticket splitting, or at least folks who vote in one race but perhaps not anotherWisconsin Senate and Governor's RaceRon Johnson (R) v. Mandela Barnes (D)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/wisconsin/Tony Evers (D) v. Tim Michels (R)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/wisconsin/https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/laura-kelly-ap-donald-trump-pennsylvania-democrats-b2173311.htmlGeorgia Senate and Governor's RaceRapheal Warnock (D) v. Herschel Walker (R)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/georgia/Brian Kemp (R) v. Stacey Abrams (D)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/georgia/Kansas: Laura Kelly doing well: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/kansas/FiveThirtyEight gives Senate Dem candidate Mark Holland a >1 in 100 chance of beating out Jerry Moran. Tim Ryan doing better than Nan Whaley (governor, D) in polls: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3685481-ryan-vance-locked-in-dead-heat-in-ohio-senate-race-poll/

    Test (republish of Garafalo anti trust show)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 57:20

    The Flyover View - October 14, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 12:24

    Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85GOP points the finger on gas prices, but makes no sensehttps://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2022/10/09/politics/us-oil-drilling-opec-gas-prices-biden-climate/index.htmlMissouri Auditor Nominee Jumps On The Culture War Wagonhttps://news.yahoo.com/republican-nominee-missouri-auditor-wants-103000151.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cDovL20uZmFjZWJvb2suY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJ9wC2JP4P85_ZF_BQd3br0mtiKa12iZ68-8KDzCBUR0jMUp-gggrueYLpSizXZm6dS0NuuBmOrnH3Ec2F0t7HokgKTogJkqH5whZTrReNAkF2N7uup6IwrWweLFntoC4k5fxQZaLYAUn_Xc-LzKoMTtVdDdtFNCDkG-8tmQidpVIdaho, or in this case, Idapick - to mine for cobalthttps://www.npr.org/2022/10/08/1127310649/in-idaho-americas-first-and-only-cobalt-mine-in-decades-is-opening?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=nprnews&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=socialDown in OOOOOKlahoma the Governor issued a veto after a special legislative session, and it's gonna standhttps://tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/legislature-wont-try-to-override-gov-kevin-stitts-vetoes-from-recent-special-session/article_37e054a6-48ec-11ed-98c0-4b25a564ad2b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-shareLIGHTNING ROUNDThe Farm Bill Is Coming Back In 2023 and spiking midterms concerns even higher - if that's possiblehttps://www.motherjones.com/environment/2022/10/farm-bill-fate-climate-depends-who-wins-midterm-elections/Does Eric Schmitt Hate Education? https://missouriindependent.com/2022/10/11/invading-academic-freedom-missouri-ags-probe-for-university-emails-raises-concerns/ALL ABOARD! RailRoad Strike Could Be back Onhttps://www.cnn.com/2022/10/10/business/railroad-union-vote-strike-threat/index.htmlTrump's Losing Streak Continueshttps://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/13/supreme-court-denies-trump-bid-to-void-ruling-in-mar-a-lago-raid-documents-case.html https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    Rep. Sarah Unsicker Talks Agape and the record of Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 34:19

    Host: Kevin Smith @KevINmidMOGust: Rep. Sarah Unsicker @SarahUnsicker https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    The Delta, E35 - On Cannabis with Rachel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 21:33

    Does pot change your DNA? Rachel Parker (main POD co-host) joins Nicholas (former science educator) to clarify her comments from Monday's show that cannabis does not change your DNA. Could your parents be right about weed for the wrong reasons? https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    Dr. Alan Green (D) for Missouri Auditor, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 35:12

    Host: Rachel ParkerGuest; Dr. Alan Green, Democratic campaign for Missouri Auditorhttps://www.alankgreen.com/about/ https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse Is Retiring; Elon Musk Is A Smart Dumb Dumb; Do Missourians Want A Constitutional Convention?; Biden's Big Pot Pardon & Missouri Amendment 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 74:24

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCO TRUE OR FALSEThe retirement of Sen. Ben Sasse holds greater meaning beyond his simply leaving the job. Sasse well known as a Trump critic https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/06/sasse-expected-to-resign-from-senate-00060812https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/06/politics/ben-sasse-resigning-senate/index.htmlTaking a job as President of University of FloridaAnything here other than naked ambition of a Presidential run, set up by getting to base from Florida instead of Nebraska?Sasse said he and his wife have been “pursued by wonderful institutions the past two years, but we've resisted being a finalist. This time is different because the University of Florida is different: I think Florida is the most interesting university in America right now.”Gov. Ricketts could appoint himself to the seatYeah… NOElon MuskHe's buying twitter, he lost, he's a loser, and he might also be a russian troll farm come to life Buy or SellMissourians will vote to have a constitutional convention How is this a real thing? ​​https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/ArticleXIISection3a.pdfThe ballot measures for 2022https://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=10056https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2771168638614/all-missouri-voters-will-see-these-five-questions-on-the-ballot-here-s-what-they-meanEvery 20 years the question is posed to voters - do you want to have a constitutional convention for the StateSome Dems support it because all changes would have to be approved by votersBig One:Biden's Big Federal Pot PardonJust in time for the midtermsMJ is fully illegal - meaning there is NO form, not even CBD that is legal, in 4 states. https://disa.com/maps/marijuana-legality-by-stateKansas, Wyoming, Idaho, South CarolinaWhat about banking? Sen. Durbin calling that out as something that has to be fixedJust announced a few days ago, will be interesting to see Biden approvalhttps://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?ex_cid=rrpromoMissouri Amendment 3 - seems to be a LOT of push back on itDemocratic party officially took NO position on itHave seen a few Dems out actively campaigning against it (not gonna call anyone out)TBV endorses amendment 3https://twitter.com/buschvalentine/status/1570854204956377091“If we pass Amendment 3, we are righting most of the wrongs that should have been dealt with some time ago”, says St. Louis NAACP President.This is one of those times where I really, really have been trying to make sense of these arguments but I just cannot https://www.marijuanamoment.net/missouris-largest-labor-union-backs-marijuana-legalization-ballot-measure/Actual language of proposed changehttps://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/2022-059.pdfLanguage actually PROHIBITS use of MJ as grounds for a search warrant if you hold medical or caregiver cardUpdated language that keeps courts from penalizing a parent in a custody case simply for MJ useMost of the complaints are things that are ALREADY in place, it's already illegal to smoke pot in public and that isn't changing And yet… take a walk in a crowded area and tell me you don't smell itMOST of the convictions for MJ in MO will be immediately expunged w/o further actionLast call preview. https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    Flyover View - October 7, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News and Views

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 16:58

    Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the HeartlandBiden's PardonsWisconsin loves the Big LieCAFO Stink on Schmitt and ParsonGas pricesPlanned Parenthood rises to the occasionNebraska WildfireAbortion Ban Violates Religious Freedom in KYMissouri tax cut...shrug https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    Kristen Radaker Sheafer MO-07 For Congress "Investing In My Community"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 35:17

    Host: Adam Sommer, twitter: https://twitter.com/Adam_Sommer85?s=20&t=nVpK5tX8idvZNlQAIVMkjgGuest: Kristen Radaker Sheafer, twitter: https://twitter.com/KristenRSheafer?s=20&t=nVpK5tX8idvZNlQAIVMkjgKristen For Congresshttps://www.kristenforcongress.com/Kristen Radaker Sheafer was raised in rural northeast Oklahoma, where she used to watch cows grazing in the pasture behind her backyard from the kitchen table. In 2006, she graduated from her small public high school and headed to a small town in Arkansas for college. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic and Web Design from John Brown University and returned to Oklahoma for a few years. In 2013, Kristen married her husband Luke and moved to Joplin, MO. After spending more than 7 years working in graphic design and marketing, she quit her web design job to pursue her dream of starting a bakery specializing in custom cakes for weddings and other events. Over the past six and a half years, she has grown the bakery has grown into a strong and successful small business.For the last decade, Kristen and her husband, along with their two giant dogs, Eleanor "Nori" Roosevelt and Ira Glass have established deep roots in Southwest Missouri. She decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to use her creativity, problem solving skills, collaborative attitude, and ability to find common ground to help the people of Missouri's 7th district. https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    High Country - October 5, 2022 - Government and Politics News in the American West

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 13:29

    Democratic Secs of State spending big on ads in battleground states | Nevada GOP Governor candidate Lombardo struggles with abortion in debate with incumbent Gov Steve Sisolak | ACLU of Arizona and Arizona Medical Association sue the state over unclear abortion bans and penalties | Marist poll has U.S. Sen Mark Kelly 10 points up on Trump endorsed Blake Masters - Mark Kelly up by 20 points with women voters | AZ Governor candidates Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs in a dead heat | New Mexico has its first unionized Starbucks location, the 34th state now to have at least one | Denver concert pick of the week https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    Pat Garafalo with American Economic Liberties Project, Author: "The Billionaire Boondoggle" and Boondoggle newsletter, joins Rachel Parker for a chat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 57:20

    Host: Rachel Parker @RaitchetPGuest: Pat Garafalo @Pat_Garofalohttps://www.economicliberties.us/Pat's substack: https://boondoggle.substack.com/The American Economic Liberties Project launched in February 2020 to help translate the intellectual victories of the anti-monopoly movement into momentum towards concrete, wide-ranging policy changes that begin to address today's crisis of concentrated economic power. https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

    MO GOP "tax cut" Midterm Theater | Italy Elects A Fascist While Some GOP Celebrate | Abortion Continues To Move The Needle | Senate Electoral Count Act Set To Pass

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 72:44

    Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCO Guest Host: Ray Reed @RayReedMODONATE TO RETT SYNDROME ST. LOUIS RETT STROLLATHON IN HONOR OF CLARA'S CRUSADEhttps://give.rettsyndrome.org/event/st-louis-strollathon/e419979True Or False Missouri GOP Extraordinary Session tax cut could rebound, adding to the ROEmentum of Dems and make MO seats more competitive than thought before?Cost of the cut too high for some, even in GOP? Tax cuts passed, watered down a lot - Dan Houx said they passed farm credits in house alreadyBronbackification of MO? https://www.kansascity.com/article266571201.htmlhttps://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/28/cost-of-tax-cut-swells-as-missouri-house-committee-seeks-to-eliminate-corporate-tax/Forget “defund the police” these people want to “defund the state” https://twitter.com/MaggieforMO/status/1575248140223107074?s=20&t=8RxrQd4bd0WVR59uxdAhFgNew Tribune article: ​​https://www.newstribune.com/news/2022/sep/29/missouri-house-committee-moves-to-end-corporate/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_NewsTribuneToder response to Schmitt: https://twitter.com/SpencerToder/status/1575313998551162881?s=20&t=8niXUjVyuMPB6oZ9iQcECAKUNCE - out knocking doors for MO State House candidatesYeah… NO US Republicans taking victory laps for the fascist's election in ItalyMary Elizabeth Coleman “nothing is more terrifying to the left than a conservative woman.”https://twitter.com/meaccoleman/status/1574393885748613121?s=20&t=plCDh4I3kSC_DWC1OKr-tABuy or Sell GOP can walk it back on abortionhttps://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/27/republicans-in-congress-say-theyd-keep-federal-abortion-funding-in-cases-of-rape-incest/NPR Poll https://www.npr.org/2022/09/08/1121535686/poll-abortion-inflation-midterm-electionsBig One: Senate's Electoral Count ActIs this an actual nail in the coffin of the Trump era? Bill could be named the “Trump to Biden Transition Was A Nightmare Act”One Page: https://www.collins.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/one_pager_on_electoral_count_reform_act_of_2022.pdfFrom July: https://www.axios.com/2022/07/20/electoral-count-act-reform-bipartisanMORE READING - CURRENT STORIEShttps://www.axios.com/2022/09/27/electoral-count-act-reform-senate-billhttps://thehill.com/homenews/senate/3665869-trump-mcconnell-feud-takes-new-turn-with-electoral-count-act/https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-electoral-count-act/ https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"